Player Bios

Neil Hernandez – Miami, Florida

Nickname/Handle: Super Mario

High Score Initials: NEO

Games In Collection: Donkey Kong, Galaga, Ms Pacman, Neo Geo

All Time Favorite Machine: Neo Geo

How Did You Get Into Gaming: My grandfather took me to the arcade and from that day on I was hooked

Best Competitive Achievements: Getting the World Record on Crusin USA is up there but my Offroad Challenge records I would have to say is my best achievements because they are in the Guinness Record book… for life

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: No other passions… I Eat, Sleep, and dream of pinballs and arcades all day long

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: The Neo Geo Song by Keith Apicary

James Angliss – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Jimmy Nails

High Score Initials: JIM

Games In Collection: Nada, not one

All Time Favorite Machine: Ghost Busters

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Started out playing pinball using my tip money during staff knock offs at the Peacock. Became obsessed with Lord of the Rings and when I spotted Norbert’s AC/DC Pinball Championship went along to compete. From there I became addicted to competitive pinball and started running my own comps

Best Competitive Achievements:
2nd Place Brisbane Masters 2017
641st at Pinburgh. Yikes 🙂

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades:
Hanging with Beck and Fox, live music, beer, festivals, golf, beer, squash, sleeping, beer

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Kendrick Lamar, DNA

Scott Barber – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Barbz

High Score Initials: BBZ

Games In Collection: Hugh’s Indy

All Time Favorite Machine: Taxi

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Netherworld

Best Competitive Achievements: I did okay at Pinburgh

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Being a big geek

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Like A Prayer, Madonna

Justin Nelson – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Juzzy

High Score Initials: JUZ

Games In Collection: Spiderman, CFTBL, STTNG

All Time Favorite Machine: King of Diamonds

How Did You Get Into Gaming: At local shop

Best Competitive Achievements: World record on Hurricane

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Annoying people

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Earthgoat, 1763

Shane Redfern – Mooloolaba, QLD

Nickname/Handle: Funkie

High Score Initials: SUF

Games In Collection: Collection of virtual tables

All Time Favorite Machine: Tie: Frankenstein / Fish Tales

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Filling in time in school holidays

Best Competitive Achievements: Australian record holder for Golden Tee Golf – 31 under

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Music

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: ACDC, Thunderstruck

Sean Tagg – Melbourne, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Taggsta

High Score Initials: S.T

Games In Collection: D.K Jr, OutRun and Pacman Arcade Machines

All Time Favorite Machine: Sega OutRun

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Playing arcades in the late 70’s

Best Competitive Achievements: Donkey Kong winner at Pax 2015

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Art, Model making.

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: N/a

Benn Banasik – Thirlmere, NSW

Nickname/Handle: bennbanasik

High Score Initials: BEN

Games In Collection: Currently collecting a full set of all Sega console games and Naomi releases. Personal gaming collection approximately 5,000 separate games.

All Time Favorite Machine: Favourite console is MegaDrive, favourite arcade system is the mighty MVS!

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Grew up in the country and was the ethnic kid so fell into gaming. This was compounded when my parents bought a video store with a healthy Master System collection, a handful of NES games as well as a Mortal Kombat & Street Fighter 2 cabinet. I set about collecting the games that were in the store and haven’t stopped collecting since!

Best Competitive Achievements: First world wide record max out of Columns on the MegaDrive, hold half a dozen other Columns world records and came second at the inaugural Tetris Aussie Classic Championship in Sydney.

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Board gaming and reading philosophy! I’m a part time academic and owner of a retro game store. Was an elected Councillor and Mayor for a period. Enjoy life, family, cats and food.. in no particular order and often all at once!

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Gerling – Dust me Selecta

Jason Lynch – Townsville, QLD

Nickname/Handle: PinheadAustralia

High Score Initials: JAS

Games In Collection: Avatar Pro, Batman Dark Knight, Baywatch, Centaur 2, Champion Pub, Doctor Who, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Flash, Game of Thrones Pro, Ghostbusters Pro, Guns N’ Roses, Hook, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones Stern, Iron Man, Johnny Mnemonic, KISS Pro, Locomotion, Lord of the Rings, Magic Castle, Metallica Pro, NBA, No Fear, Paragon, Phoenix, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Shrek, Sinbad, Space Invaders, Space Jam, Spider-Man, Super Mario Bro’s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Avengers, The Simpsons Pinball Party, The Walking Dead Pro, The X Files, X-Men Pro

All Time Favorite Machine: Lord of the Rings

How Did You Get Into Gaming: I got into Pinball from watching Bowen Kerins on youtube in 2014

Best Competitive Achievements: Beating Rob Milla at the 2017 Christmas Bash

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Magic the Gathering

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Smash Mouth – Allstar

Marc Bell – Sydney, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Mar

High Score Initials: MAR

Games In Collection: Too many! Or not enough?

All Time Favorite Machine: Commodore 64.

How Did You Get Into Gaming: I saw Pac-Man in an arcade when I was very young. I’ve been obsessed by pixels ever since.

Best Competitive Achievements: Quake 3 IVLAN champion. Batcave Masters 2015 champion. Z Ball League 2016 winner. Ghouls n Ghosts world record holder.

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: All games, all the time. Game the System (player features, podcast, website) keeps me busy though.

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd

Thomas Urban – Portland, Oregon

High Score Initials: URB

All Time Favorite Machine: Metallica

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Visiting Australia

Hamish Guthrey – Wellington, New Zealand

Nickname/Handle: Yetimon

High Score Initials: YTI

Games In Collection: TNA, P3, TZ, BW100, Gladiators. ACNC & MMR on order.

All Time Favorite Machine: Twilight Zone

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Corrupted by my older brother at an early age, coding on a TRS 80 & Commodore PET

Best Competitive Achievements: 4th in the Pukekohe Classics Classic

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Overwatch & small bore target shooting

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: “Queen Of Hearts” by Fucked Up

Jon Tannahill – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Tanna

High Score Initials: TAN

Games In Collection: Space Invaders & Space Invaders Part II

All Time Favorite Machine: Space Invaders

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Started collecting retro videogame consoles (especially Sega) when I was 10 years old. Became involved with the Arcade and Pinball communities of Brisbane in 2017.

Best Competitive Achievements: World Record score on Space Invaders (Arcade) set in January 2018.

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Rowing, collecting vintage racing bicycles

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

Zac Veron – Sydney, Australia

Nickname/Handle: ZAC

High Score Initials: ZAC

Games In Collection: ACDC Premium, ACDC Luci, Star Trek LE, Beatles Gold, Ghostbusters LE, Spiderman VE, Star Wars LE, Munsters LE, Avengers LE, Getaway II.

All Time Favorite Machine: ACDC Premium

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Putting 20c in machines before and after Ten Pin Bowling … a long time ago.

Best Competitive Achievements: Franc Bona once asked me for tips on how to play Elvis during a comp qualifier after watching me play! 😉

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Astrophotograph; bodysurfing; family get-togethers

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Stayin Alive (Bee Gees)

Shaun Ruhland – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Shaunanigans

High Score Initials: SJR

Games In Collection: Lots of consoles and a MAME Cabinet

All Time Favorite Machine: Donkey Kong

How Did You Get Into Gaming: We had a Sega Master System when I was a kid and then a SNES and then a Nintendo 64 and then…….I just kept on playing!

Best Competitive Achievements: Top 16 at Aussie Kong Off 2 and Ultimate Denizen of Netherworld in 2018

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Basketball, Skateboarding, Movies &TV, Comic Books, Trading Cards & Food

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Eye of the Tiger

Greg Pell – Melbourne, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Pelly

High Score Initials: PEL

Games In Collection: Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros VS, Nintendo Red Tent, Taito Double Dragon, NeoGeo LAI 4 Slot, NeoGeo MVS U4-25, Ms Pac Man (Upright & Caberet), TMNT, Galaxian

All Time Favorite Machine: Donkey Kong (However I love my Red Tent)

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Probably fell in love with gaming when my parents first gave me a NES. Then later with arcades when my dad had to hold me up to play a Double Dragon cab at a school fate.

Best Competitive Achievements: Came runner up in a Super Mario Bros. comp at Myer, Doncaster in 1989 😛

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Family, Cricket, Footy, Golf, SciFi / Fantasy Books, TV & Movies.

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: White Snake – Here I go again

Jonathan Chabowski – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Jono

High Score Initials: BHC

Games In Collection: None, Anyone want to fix this?

All Time Favorite Machine: Nine Ball

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Pinball – Netherworld, Gaming in general I’ve been around my whole life

Best Competitive Achievements: Netherworld 2017 Pin Golf Winner, 6th 2018 QPC, T16 2018 ACS

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: TISM – Ol’ Man River

Thibaut Allender – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: TBO

High Score Initials: TBO

Games In Collection: Stern Dracula, TX Sector, Bally Atlantis, Party Zone, Frankenstein, Black Rose, Judge Dredd, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Congo, Ghostbusters PRE.

All Time Favorite Machine: Judge Dredd

How Did You Get Into Gaming: We’ve always had computers and consoles at home back in the 80s. I started to play on a Mattel Intellivision. My dad also played a lot of pinball when he was young and we’d go to the arcades during summer holidays to have a mix of pinball and video games. My first memories are Big Guns, Raven, Victory, and Enduro Racer, Space Harrier, Paper Boy on the arcade side.

Best Competitive Achievements: 4th in the Masters 2018 3-Strikes, and recently made it to the ACS top 16 finals.

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: I like to learn new skills and build/fix things in general. My pinball restoration work is only an extension of my passion for solving problems that involve a mix of mechanical and electronic components. I also collect records, love midcentury modern design/furniture, did quite a lot of medium format photography and recently started to learn how to mix vinyl.

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Nina Simone – Sinnerman

Vance Tomlinson – Coffs Harbour

Nickname/Handle: Call me anything but late for dinner

High Score Initials: VJT

Games In Collection: Mousin Around , Dr Dude , Secret Service , TAF , STTNG , CFTBL , Hook , No Fear , Johnny Mnemonic , Judge Dredd , TZ , Indiana Jones (WILLIAMS) , Demo Man , Fish Tales

All Time Favorite Machine: Fish Tales, CFTBL close second

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Late for school in the 80’s chasing high score on Paragon ( GOT IT )

Best Competitive Achievements: Going to 2019 BPAC, first comp

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Restoring vintage British motorcycles

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Deep Purple, Highway Star

Alan Bent – Tivoli, Queensland

Nickname/Handle: Big Al

High Score Initials: AJB

Games In Collection: Williams Blue Chip, Williams Doodle Bug, Williams Triple Action, Williams Triple Strike, Bally Capt. Fantastic, Bally Nip-It, Bally Monte Carlo, Bally Band Wagon, Gottlieb Surfer.

All Time Favorite Machine: Williams Blue Chip

How Did You Get Into Gaming: As a child my mother told me I wasn’t to play those evil pinball machines, so of course I did.

Best Competitive Achievements: My first ever pinball competition, how hard can it be ?

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Playing with my 50+ year old Datsuns.

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: California Girls by The Beach Boys.

Chad Bolitho – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: SilentRogue

High Score Initials: CSB

Games In Collection: No pinball machines at the moment

All Time Favorite Machine: Medieval Madness or Star Wars

How Did You Get Into Gaming: At a young age had an original Atari system

Best Competitive Achievements: Still learning how to play just enjoying the social aspect of things

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Gaming, movies, music

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Guns and Roses – Paradise City

Travis Johnson – Lismore, NSW, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Hank

High Score Initials: TGJ

Games In Collection: None

All Time Favorite Machine: Walking dead

How Did You Get Into Gaming: I was introduced to pinball by Peter watt in 2016

Best Competitive Achievements: Winning the Cooly Rocks On pinball challenge in 2018

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Music

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Gene O Quin. Pinball Millionaire

Andrew Barrow – Auckland, New Zealand

Nickname/Handle: Barra

High Score Initials: BAR

Games In Collection: None 🙁

All Time Favorite Machine: Galaga

How Did You Get Into Gaming: I was born with a keyboard

Best Competitive Achievements: 2018 “Score Wars” Galaga World Champion

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Beer, sports

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: The Midnight – Kick Drums & Red Wine

Erik Hansen – Geelong, Victoria

Nickname/Handle: ozsammyboy

High Score Initials: ECA

Games In Collection: Too many pinballs according to the wife!

All Time Favorite Machine: Star Trek Next Generation

How Did You Get Into Gaming: My grandfather surprised us with an Atari 2600 back in the very early 80’s.

Best Competitive Achievements: 13th – Kiwi Pincade 2019 Auckland 3 Strike, 10th Melbourne Silverball Tournament 2018

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Spending time with family, travelling to the US to ride rollercoasters and visit theme parks, and I’m also a Home Cinema audio nerd.

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Living on the Edge – Aerosmith

Ben Piercy – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Piercy

High Score Initials: BJP

Games In Collection: The Getaway, Apollo13, Spider-Man VE

All Time Favorite Machine: Medieval Madness

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Child hood milk bar arcades

Best Competitive Achievements: 1st Flipswitch May 2019

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Comic book collecting

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: “Go” Chemical Brothers

Michi Henning – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Michi

High Score Initials: MJH

Games In Collection: Stern Pirates of the Caribbean

All Time Favorite Machine: Addams Family

How Did You Get Into Gaming: As a twelve-year old, on a Williams Cabaret that was in the pub my dad used to go to.

Best Competitive Achievements: 2nd at the 2019 Cooly Classic 3-Strike

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: African drumming, serious epicurean cooking, preferably with Japanese knives 🙂

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: If I hear “Pinball Wizard”, I’ll be leaving. If you press me, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” would be good.

Tim Chapman – Melbourne, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Timbo

High Score Initials: TIM

Games In Collection: STTNG, Strikes and Spares, Flash Gordon

All Time Favorite Machine: Funhouse. That come up most when asked this.

How Did You Get Into Gaming:

Young – Pestering dad to let my sister and I go to 3 hours of unlimited games at Timezone in Newtown on a Sunday. Buying the NES with my brother on release.

Old – An illegal bar we called ‘Binkies’ on Norton St in Leichhardt that had pool, Spy Hunter and Flash Gordon – and a local pub with an IJ that let us in unless the licensing cops were going to visit

Older – amusements holding comps where you could win a machine! Got me off Buckhunter and Golden Tee and back to the real action”

Best Competitive Achievements: 2nd System 11 World Champs.
Being able to perform while quite inebriated

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Good food and wine, cooking, and my Brompton folding bike.

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Walk Like a Panther – The All Seeing I

Bill Segall – Brisbane, Australia

Nickname/Handle: Bill

High Score Initials: B

Games In Collection: Last Action Hero

All Time Favorite Machine: Star Trek (Original)

How Did You Get Into Gaming: Skiving school with my lunch money

Best Competitive Achievements: none of the above

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: Craft beer/brewing

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Purple Haze

Connor Stowe – Nomadic, but mainly America

Nickname/Handle: Connor

High Score Initials: CJS

Games In Collection: No personal games in my collection! But someday…

All Time Favorite Machine: Jersey Jack’s Pirates of the Caribbean

How Did You Get Into Gaming: I had moved to New York City and only had one friend in town at the time. There was a coupon online for a pinball place and after my one visit they emailed visitors to encourage them to join a pinball league. I joined so I could start making friends in the city – and now I literally and figuratively pinball across the world making mates in all the tourneys!

Best Competitive Achievements: Things that stick out to me are winning a 5-way tie breaker to get into Finals at this year’s Australian Championship Series, winning B-Division at INDiSC after a one-minute-to-midnight qualification ticket, and in just in general dancing my way through play while competing. If I can walk away from a match dancing and having fun while playing, no better possible competitive achievement in my opinion!

Other Passions Outside Pinball / Arcades: I’m a nomadic traveler! So anything that allows me to move and have a global adventure!

Song Request For The Flip Frenzy Closing Party: Sissy that Walk by RuPaul